Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature and Beyond

Grappling with Ghosts

Authors: Johnson, Dr. George

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  • -  Investigates the benefits of employing psychobiography, drawing on the insights of object relations and attachment theory, to show how writers experienced this process and how it enhanced their creativity

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This book traces how iconic writers - including Arthur Conan Doyle, J.M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, Virginia Woolf, Wilfred Owen, and Aldous Huxley - shaped their response to the loss of loved ones in the First World War through their embrace of mysticism.

About the authors

George M. Johnson is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. His publications include Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction, J.D. Beresford, and an award-winning comic play, Still Life With Nudes. His screenplay The Wonder was a finalist in the British Independent Film Festival.

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"Johnson uses attachment theory and object relations theory sensitively to explore the ways in which early responses to separation and loss influence writers' visions of art. The use of contemporary psychoanalytic theory is particularly valuable when exploring the literary and cultural implications of bereavement following World War One. To my knowledge, Johnson's book may well be the first to take this approach . Johnson writes clearly and gracefully..." Jeffrey Berman, Professor of English, University at Albany, SUNY, USA

"In Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature and Beyond, George M. Johnson brings the literature of trauma and loss vividly to life. Johnson deftly reveals the illuminating ways in which a host of British writers drew upon their fascination with mysticism and spiritualism in order to fuel a literary corpus for the ages." Kenneth Womack, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Altoona, USA

"By resisting commonly held assumptions, Johnson demonstrates the value that mysticism held for literature and life in a post-World War I England experiencing a state of national mourning. In doing so, Johnson makes a revelatory contribution to our understanding of Edwardian and modernist literature." Andrew J. Kunka, Professor of English, University of South Carolina Sumter, USA


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Attachment, Mourning, and Mysticism

    Pages 1-27

    Johnson, George M.

  • F. W. H. Myers: Loss and the Obsessive Study of Survival

    Pages 28-59

    Johnson, George M.

  • Spirit Soldiers: Oliver Lodge’s Raymond and Christopher

    Pages 60-85

    Johnson, George M.

  • From Parodist to Proselytizer: Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Vital Message”

    Pages 86-123

    Johnson, George M.

  • “Well-Remembered Voices”: Mourning and Spirit Communication in Barrie’s and Kipling’s First World War Narratives

    Pages 124-152

    Johnson, George M.

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Softcover $29.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mourning and Mysticism in First World War Literature and Beyond
Book Subtitle
Grappling with Ghosts
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33203-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137332035
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-67347-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 256
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